Walking around Devin
As I said before Devin is not some kind of fancy SPA resort. The have many mineral water springs but the region is underdeveloped economically, so the local administration and entrepreneurs do not have enough money to invest in order to develop the place as a typical SPA resort.
This is not good of course, but in a way it helps Devin to preserve its charm of an off the beaten path place where not everything is commercialized and visitors do not trip over street vendors selling all kinds of cheap souvenirs.
Devin is a place that you can really go and relax, enjoy the silence and the nature. Besides I find walking around interesting because you can see scenes from the everyday life of the local people as you can see from the picture :)
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The elephant is a rock formation near Nastan village. Here is what you will find if you look up the Bulgarian tourist pages:
It is located some 4 km. from Devin, in the direction of the village of Nastan. Master-nature has sculptured from the hard rock a shape with the striking resemblance of an elephant.
The steep rock slope, coming down from from the Devin mountain, ends in a stone pillar, lookin like an elephants trunk. Leaning against the hard rock, it forms an opening about 3 m. wide.
One of the suppositins is that this huge opening was the entrance of a cave, destroyed by the river. This is supported by the fact, that not far from The Elephant is a large karst spring, which probably has poured through this opening in the past.
Here is what I have to add:
Striking resemblance of an elephant is definitely overexaggerated. Going there only for the sake of seeing the Elephant rock is not exactly worth it. However if you are just passing by on your way to Trigrad, for example, you can stop and have a look at it.
Because there is no sign on the road marking where the Elephant rock formation is and because the resemblance of an elephant is not so striking you should pay attention in order not to pass it.
When heading from Devin to Trigrad you should look on your right and you will see it next to a factory building before getting to Nastan village.
Shops in Devin
The sign on the wall says SHOP.
For me this place looked a bit too extravagant for a shop but the client waiting for the shop to be opened was even a stranger sight :))
I guess the dog badly needed some shopping therapy but it was simply his best day ;)
Being serious, this is the real face of the small Bulgarian town. If you check the tourist info about Devin you would be left with the impression that the reality is better than it is. The whole Rhodope area is far away from being the finest example for economical prosperity... what makes it worth going there that the people are very hospitable and the nature is stunningly beautiful.
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